Goa BJP To Dangle Good Governance Plank For May Polls

Panaji, April 11: | Updated: Apr 12 2002, 05:30am hrs
Undeterred by the ongoing Gujarat carnage and the electoral debacles in Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal and Punjab, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is heavily banking on the successful implementation of economic, administrative and power sector reforms and corruption-free governance to get a majority in the 40-member Goa Assembly which is going to polls next month.

BJP is confident that the polling percentage of the Christians will increase to around 10-15 per cent from the 6 per cent in the 1999 hustings. Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, an ex-Bombay IITian, told The Financial Express that his partys voting share might go up to 37 per cent in the coming elections from a mere 0.4 per cent in the past.

BJP will make economic reforms, good governance and corruption-free administration a poll plank as it is committed to carry them forward after the elections. We are confident that the Christians, which have already praised my 16-month rule, will support BJP and not re-elect the Congress, he said.

The He said the economic reforms and austerity efforts launched 16 months ago have started paying off as the states revenue has shown a record 33 per cent rise despite the ongoing recession. Similarly, there has been a drastic reduction in power leakages and thefts.

He said his government has also recast power purchase pacrs from the Reliance-Salgaocar power project resulting in a reduction in the purchase cost from Rs 15 crore to nearly Rs 8.5 crore. He also allowed Reliance to sell power to a third-party.

Flaying the Congress, which has been facing a serious identity crisis despite the presence of six ex-chief ministers, he alleged that party had to approach the courts against various decisions as it was not sure to regain the voters confidence in the coming polls.

He also expressed the hope that the adverse national events would not have any fallout on the party in the state.